Friday, August 30, 2013

Cape St Blaize Lighthouse - Mossel Bay, South Africa

photo of toilet from Cape St Blaize Lighthouse

Today, The Toilets of the World Blog brings you a toilet from the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Completed in 1864, the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse has stood atop its rocky cliff, manned 24 hours a day, for 106 years. That's 928 560 hours. Then some lazy bastard finally designed a clockwork system in the 1970s. This system could turn the lens automatically but it still required the lighthouse keeper to climb to the top and wind it every three hours. Then take a leak over the ledge.

The featured toilet is a recent addition. With a warm wooden finish, it serves the multitude of visitors who come to the lighthouse for the spectacular view it offers of the surrounding coastline and the huge Khoikhoi cave located directly below the lighthouse.

Today the Khoikhoi are long gone from the cave and the lighthouse is fully automated. A team of lighthouse keepers are still employed to keep a radio watch and undertake meteorological duties. Sounds like a cushy job if there's ever been one.

-- The Toilets of the World Team

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